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Dumbo octopus

A dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis) seen at the Axial Base site at 2600m water depth. Identified by cephalopod experts Stephanie Bush (MBARI) and Mike Vecchione (Smithsonian)

Photo Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF, Dive 1739, V14

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Dumbo Octopus on a lobate flow

A small "dumbo" octopus sits atop a lobate flow at the summit of Axial Volcano – water depth ~ 1500 m (nearly 5000 feet beneath the surface). VISIONS '13

Photo credit: OOI-NSF/UW/CSSF

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Dumbo Octopus rests on the lava

This octopus, nicknamed the "Dumbo Octopus," was seen on these pillow basalts at the summit of Axial's eastern caldera, during Dive ROPOS dive R1608.

Photo credit: OOI-NSF/UW/CSSF 

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